Cermaq City Wave FC kicked off the regular season this past weekend in a Vancouver Island Soccer League Division Two match-up, hosting GH Bayside Tigers at Willow Point Sportsplex.
Saturday was once again another sunny day which made for a pleasant game for the local supporters.
Cermaq enjoyed a successful start to the season with a convincing victory.
Cermaq City got off to a very quick start and were up 3-0 within the first 10 minutes off goals from forwards Matt Wooff and Shane Dumanoir.
The first three goals came off some creative passing and movement from the Cermaq attackers, leaving Dumanoir and Wooff with relatively open chances in front of the Tigers keeper.
Midfielder Eddie Lawson tallied the fourth goal with a smashing strike from 20 yards out which left the keeper with little chance.
Cermaq newcomer Bailey Gardner would add the last goal of the first half with some great hustle resulting in a partial breakaway that he was able to convert.
In the second half, the GH side showed character and kept battling back.
A number of long balls were knocked in behind the Cermaq defence, but few shots on goal were generated.
The rotating Cermaq defenders, consisting of Grootenboer, Anthony Seville, Ray Wilson, Eric Roberts, Peter McWilliams and John Jepson, provided reliable defending and were able to move the ball up quickly after the Tigers attempts forward.
Cermaq would add four more goals with hattricks for both Dumanoir and Wooff. McWilliams added the final goal getting his foot on the ball during a scramble in the 18 yard box, putting it past the Tigers keeper.
Cermaq’s next game is away to Nanaimo United FC on Saturday Sept. 19.
Both teams are coming off lopsided victories which should make for an exciting game as they try to gain another valuable three points in the standings.